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21 March 2022

Call for submissions: King's India Institute Graduate Conference 2022

The King's India Institute is inviting submissions for its Graduate Conference 2022, under the theme of ‘Change and Continuity in South Asia: Unpacking Identity, Security & Technology’.

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Taking place 21-23 June 2022, this year's King's India Institute Graduate Conference is on the theme Change and Continuity in South Asia: Unpacking Identity, Security & Technology.  The conference will be in a hybrid format at King's, and is in partnership with the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore (virtual).

In the year of the King’s India Institute’s 10th anniversary, the conference addresses the various trajectories of change and continuity in South Asia. Whether political, social, cultural, or economic, continuity and change are contemporary themes arousing scholarly interest across disciplines.

For this year’s King's India Institute Graduate Conference, we welcome graduate students to share their research related to identity, security, and technology:

  1. Identity (re-)formations, e.g., as spatial, ideological contestations, feminist and other forms of subaltern voices, human rights, justice and social movements, are central to the ideas of resilience and dignity in South Asia.
  2. Security constitutes another cross-cutting theme that allows us to evaluate the changing efforts of protecting individuals, national interests and capabilities, and the world climate, thereby provoking us to think more critically about which kind of change is desirable.
  3. The emergence of new technologies in South Asia has stipulated novel questions on, e.g., the gig economy, the polarisation of discourses, and the governance of the Internet.

The King's India Institute Graduate Conference 2022 welcomes abstracts inquiring about South Asia through various disciplines. The call is open to submissions from the humanities, social sciences, geography, economics, environmental studies, and law. We also encourage graduate students with interdisciplinary contributions as standard in digital humanities, public policy, or legal history to submit their abstracts.

Submitting your paper

Interested graduate students can submit a 300-word abstract and a brief bio (max 150 words) via the following form by 25 April 2022. Only one abstract may be submitted per person. 

Selected participants will be notified of the acceptance by 5 May 2022. A specifically assembled King's College London selection committee will award the three best papers £300, £200, and £100.​

Contact for any questions.​

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Call for submissions: King's India Institute Graduate Conference 2022.